Surveillance & Privacy

29 January 2018

Tech Giants Brace for Europe's New Data Privacy Rules New York Times

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and Google Docs.

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05 January 2018

Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy. New York Times

China’s biggest online payment company offers its hundreds of millions of users a breakdown on their spending each year, showing everything from their environmental impact to their ranking among shoppers in their area. Many spenders — not shy, and occasionally even a bit boastful about their personal finances — in turn share the details on social media.

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Ad targeters secretly tracking people on the internet through invisible login forms The Independent

Web users are having their details secretly collected by ad tracking companies, researchers say.

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19 December 2017

French privacy watchdog raps WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing Reuters

France’s data privacy watchdog may fine messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with an order to bring its sharing of user data with parent company Facebook into line with French privacy law.

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08 December 2017

EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case Reuters

The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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27 November 2017

Editorial: Cops, Cellphones and Privacy at the Supreme Court New York Times

How hard should it be for the police to get hold of reams of data showing every place you’ve been for months?

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22 November 2017

More than 480 web firms record 'every keystroke' BBC News

Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested.

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16 November 2017

It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data New York Times

Our data is valuable. Each year, it generates hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity, mostly between and within corporations — all on the back of information about each of us.

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TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook Washington Post

The same, weirdly specific ads you see online that are tailored to your behavior could soon appear on your local television network, thanks to looming policy changes by federal regulators.

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08 November 2017

You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem The Conversation

We all seem worried about privacy. Though it’s not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: it’s also our attitudes towards privacy that are important.

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Mass Shootings, Climate, Discrimination: Why Government's Fear of Data Threatens Us All Wired

In the aftermath of the massacre of 26 people in a small-town Texas church, you might have seen that the killer used a gun called an AR-15. It’s a popular weapon—relatively easy to use, endlessly customizable, military in appearance. How popular? It’s the same gun that a killer used in the massacre of 58 people at a Las Vegas concert last month, and by the killer who murdered 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, and the one at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. And the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And the party in San Bernardino, California.

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27 October 2017

WhatsApp faces EU taskforce over sharing user data with Facebook The Guardian

The European Union’s data regulator group is again focusing its attention on WhatsApp for the messaging app’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, launching a taskforce to implement “a clear, comprehensive resolution” to comply with EU law.

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26 October 2017

EU privacy regulators increase pressure on WhatsApp over data sharing Reuters

European Union privacy regulators rapped WhatsApp on the knuckles for not resolving their concerns over the messaging service’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, (FB.O) a year after they first issued a warning.

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25 October 2017

Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules Reuters

Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.

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Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules Reuters

Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.

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Facebook Risks EU-Wide Privacy Fights After Setback at Top Court Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. could be in the firing line of data privacy regulators across the European Union if the bloc’s top court follows the opinion of an adviser who said the social media giant may be policed by authorities in the country where users are based.

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15 October 2017

Facebook Is Watching You, Belgian Privacy Agency Warns in Court Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. was accused of Big Brother-style snooping on internet users in a fresh attack on the social network by Belgium’s data privacy watchdog.

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06 October 2017

The End of Privacy New York Times

We learned on Tuesday that three billion Yahoo email accounts were compromised in 2013. In early September, it was Equifax’s 143 million credit reports. Just a few months before that, we learned 198 million United States voter records were leaked online in June.

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04 October 2017

Google and Apple report jump in requests for user data BBC News

US government requests to Google for individuals' data reached a six-year high in the first half of 2017, the company says.

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17 September 2017

Why does your identity depend on one number? Security experts push to replace SSN Denver Post

As confusion ensued after the Equifax data breach affecting up to 143 million consumers, what remained very clear was that some of the stolen data will haunt people forever.

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10 September 2017

Australian police want to read encrypted messages, but they already have significant power to access our data The Conversation

The Australian government wants new powers to access encrypted communications, but do they need them?

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09 September 2017

How to Protect Your Information Online New York Times

There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information, as major website breaches become ever more frequent. On Thursday, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, said that identifying information for 143 million customers had potentially been compromised.

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07 September 2017

It's too hard to get the data of Australian criminals when it's stored overseas The Conversation

Solving crimes and prosecuting criminals depends on efficient access to evidence. Technology has not changed that.

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02 September 2017

On internet privacy, be very afraid Harvard Gazette

In the internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.

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11 August 2017

Ex-MI5 chief warns against crackdown on encrypted messaging apps The Guardian

A former head of MI5 has spoken out against curtailing use of encryption in messaging apps despite warning that Islamist terrorism will remain a threat for up to another 30 years.

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